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Northeastern Arkansas hepatitis A outbreak unusually severe


August 15, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An atypical and unusually severe hepatitis A outbreak in northeastern Arkansas has infected at least 85 people and caused at least one death since February, health officials said Tuesday.

In the past week, officials recorded 5 cases of the contagious liver disease in the region. The state typically experiences fewer than 10 cases a year, nearly all of which are imported by international travel, said state epidemiologist Dirk Haselow.

Haselow said that while hepatitis A outbreaks are typically foodborne, this one is associated more with high-risk populations. That...

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